72 Hands

72 Hands
18/09/2017 Derek

From the Tiangong Kaiwu (天工開物) encyclopedia compiled by Song Yingxing (宋应星) at the end of the Ming Dynasty comes the oft-cited quote:

“共计一杯工力,过手七十二,方可成器”

For the total work required to make a single cup, it must pass through 72 hands, and only then can it become a vessel.

72 Hands is an effort to document all types of ceramics techniques.  The video style is very simple- a single take of each technique focusing on the artisan’s hands.  Each video is accompanied by an article with a description of the technique and photos.  Videos are shot in high-resolution 4K Ultra-HD resolution which gives a clear view of the technique.

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